American Family Association: Civil Discourse More Effective Cure for Injustice Than Radical Violence

American Family Association: Civil Discourse More Effective Cure for Injustice Than Radical Violence

Vandals Claiming Disenfranchisement ‘Disregard Views of Fellow Citizens,’ ‘Forcing Will on Others’

June 29, 2020

TUPELO, Miss.—Americans are likelier to overcome racism and violence by preserving and learning from the monuments mobs are defacing, President Trump said last week, rebuking vandals’ lawless destruction of public property.

The destruction threatens both the rule of law and the value Americans have historically placed on civil discourse, two underpinnings of a free society, according to Ed Vitagliano, executive vice president of American Family Association (AFA,

“Our Constitution guarantees America’s citizens an amazing set of individual liberties, including the right to vote, freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to petition the government to hear their grievances,” Vitagliano said. “But it is wrong for a small segment of the population to tear down statues or deface public property in disregard of the views of fellow citizens. The issues raised by the existence of things like statues should be handled peacefully by the body politic, not by violent radicals bent on forcing their will on others.”

The vandals’ destruction of monuments to historical figures in American history has extended beyond Confederate effigies to statues of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, the two individuals most responsible for winning the Civil War.

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